John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Seems to me that Jesus had an idea that was unconventional. In His humility He chose ways that were not only unpopular, but also powerfully true. When I think of ways to prove to the world who the Christ was & is I think of demonstrations of power. I think of thunder & lightening, earthquakes, even fire from heaven as Elijah did. Now those are convincing signs!
This past Friday evening Shari & I sat in our car and wept. We wished there was a way to avoid being noticed and knew that there was going to be many awkward moments as people demonstrated love for us. We experienced something we have never been a part of as the body of Christ and our community loved on us. We thought there may be several hundred people in attendance. Even today I sit and weep as I think of this power put into action by the body of Christ. We saw a force that was undeniably the most powerful demonstration that could have been enforced.
As a lady who felt instructed of the Lord began this absurd quest to host such an event some time back. I recall barking out “No Way, thats not happening”. I was outraged that someone would do such a thing. I think Naaman felt like that when he was told to go wash in the Jordan 7 times.
We were humbled & so undone. We were often speechless and even today, our words are not sufficient to express our gratitude for such an act of loving kindness. We heard over and over as friends would say “look at all these people”. (I know! I know! I thought to myself and what do I say knowing who I am). The Grace of God reaches where nothing else will. He has shown us over and over of His care over us and today we are overwhelmed and find ourselves without words.
The only thing we have today is our words to say THANK YOU. We cannot express with any other means our gratitude for people who we didn’t have any idea would attend a dinner for us. We cannot fathom what has been done on our behalf but wish to convey with everything in us, our thankfulness for each and every person that attended. Mostly we want to boast on the Greatness of the Only Living God.
Love in Christ,
Rick & Shari